There is a scam which I first saw 6 months ago still arriving in peoples inboxes, its the one where you get a Spoof Lifetime Subscription Text message from Whatsapp which is trying to steal account details. The problem with this text message is that it looks like it comes from all the other text messages that Whatsapp sents you, it looks very real.
Spoof Lifetime Subscription Text message from Whatsapp
Your subscription has expired. To verify your account and purchase a lifetime subscription for just 0.99 GBP simply tap on this link
Of course, everyone will think omg I don’t want to lose WhatsApp it’s a great chat app – 99p is nothing for a lifetime subscription, I’ll do it, and without thinking that it could be fake, they will click on the link.
This is when your problems begin as you give the fraudsters your account details to take the 99p and they have control over your bank account and can take whatever they like. Boom, bank account empty.
It’s very clever and not so clever at the same time, because the scammers are spoofing the number so that it looks like its coming from WhatsApp. But this is in fact very easy to do, you can even get an app for that.
What is Sms spoofing
Sms spoofing is when a sender changes the originating number and replaces it with another number, this is a common practice for hackers who often use this system to gain access to various accounts sometimes by saying that there is a problem with your account, or your account may have been attacked, and scares you into logging in, via a link, when you do so you give your details to the scammer.
So be warned this text message is purely just a scam aimed at stealing your bank details
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this scam from WhatsApp and other like it, like the WhatsApp VIP upgrade, which took you to a link which infected your device with malware.
So watch out for this Spoof Lifetime Subscription Text message from Whatsapp and others like it. Stay safe, don’t be scammed.